Building a Working Class Movement in This Unsettled Era: Tuesday, 11/29 (5:30-7)

Tuesday, November 29th: 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (306 N. Aurora Street)

A Community Conversation with free pizza and drink and as led by:
  • Larry Alcoff, Veteran Union Organizer, SEIU, NYC

As a result of the recent Presidential elections, many people in this country are very scared as to what a Trump Administration portends for our country and for the world. To take but one example relevant to working people, what will the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor look like? Will it be headed up by a corporate CEO who will stand with corporate interests rather than the interests of working people? Will Trump choose to END the Department of Labor?

Will there be movement on a Federal minimum wage increase? Or will Trump move to END the Federally-guaranteed minimum wage as we know it, as he has said at times?

We at the Tompkins County Workers’ Center (TCWC) are greatly concerned that Trump has opened up a large space for bigots, misogynists, and other people who are filled with hatred to feel more at home expressing their points of view, either through words or violent actions, toward those they dislike. As well, Trump’s talk about massive deportations concerns us greatly for the welfare of immigrants in our midst.

For the above reasons (and many more), has the TCWC decided to hold this Community Conversation to work for the deepening of the ‘working class movement’ that has already been building in recent years.

An event organized by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and cosponsored by the Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies Research Group at Cornell University and the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca.

If you are not able to make the above event and/or want to continue the conversation the next evening, please consider checking (the following evening of Wednesday, November 30th)

An event organized by The Minority, Indigenous and Third World Studies Research Group at Cornell University and cosponsored by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center
A panel discussion followed by a conversation about the changing face of white identity and the political horizons of white anti-racist activism.

November 30, 2016
Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, 232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY

White European Americans living in the United States will soon be fewer than 50 percent of the population. The impending demographic shifts are already felt in most urban centers and the effect is a national backlash of political, and sometimes violent, activism with a stated aim that is simultaneously vague and deadly clear: “to take our country back.” In response to this backlash, anti-racist whites are left to confront significant changes in their political and cultural reality. What is the future of anti-racist white identity? What are possibilities for cross-racial progressive coalitions?

Panelists include:

Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Hunter College, City University of New York, and the author of The Future of Whiteness.

Larry Alcoff, veteran union organizer, SEIU, NYC.

Sam Lagasse, Ph.D. student in the Department of English, Cornell University.